A Great Resource From the Preservation Society of Charleston

Posted By Bill Payer on Jun 19, 2023 | 0 comments

Feel like you don’t know enough about Juneteenth and Black History in general? There’s a great resource available from the Preservation Society of Charleston.

“In Charleston and across the nation, Juneteenth presents an opportunity to reflect on the painful legacy of slavery and celebrate Black history and heritage. On this important holiday, the Preservation Society is launching a remastered version of the Charleston Justice Journey map — now optimized for viewing on mobile devices — to provide a more user-friendly experience for those seeking new ways to engage with the Lowcountry’s African American history.  The Charleston Justice Journey is an online interactive research and mapping initiative that shares the under-told stories of sites significant to the Lowcountry’s African American history and ongoing journey toward racial equality through the lens of historic places. Through this work, the Preservation Society is partnering with the community to contribute to a fuller narrative of the region’s history and heritage.”

To view the map of the Charleston Justice Journey CLICK HERE

“Explore the new Justice Journey website to learn more about African American life and history in the Lowcountry through 23 unique historic places. A sampling of the newest sites now live on the Justice Journey represent a variety of periods and places that illuminate the struggle for civil rights as a constant theme throughout Charleston’s history: 

William Payne & Sons Auction House, Site of Domestic Slave Trade

Between 1803 and 1834, William Payne & Sons, located at present-day 34 Broad Street, was one of the busiest auction houses in Charleston’s domestic slave trade.

Owls’ Whist Club The Owls’ Whist Club was established in 1914 as a fraternal organization for African American businessmen and is one of the longest-running social clubs of its kind in the nation. 

Keith School Museum The Keith School Museum is a reconstruction of the c. 1926 Keith School built by and for residents of the rural, African American settlement communities of the Cainhoy-Wando area. 

Riverside Beach Park  In 1930, the waterside pavilion of Riverside Beach opened as the first Black beach in the greater Charleston area when African Americans were excluded from many of the Lowcountry’s beaches.

International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) Hall 

The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) is the largest union of maritime workers in North America, and Charleston’s predominantly African American Local 1422 chapter was founded in 1936.”

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